Author Archives: Michael Baugh

Why I Ask Clients to Journal with Me

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA I ask clients to share an online journal with me between our in-person appointments. We use Google Drive because it’s easily accessible technology. I also encourage clients to email if that is more convenient and to … Continue reading

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Toxic Training (When “Helping” Hurts)

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA CTP Training your dog doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact it can be fun and satisfying, and I hope it is. The best dog owner / trainers seek out support from other dog enthusiasts, maybe … Continue reading

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My Last Dog Syndrome

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA I’ve known about “My Last Dog Syndrome” (MLD) for many years. I didn’t know the name, though, until recently. Lisa Mullinax CDBC coined the name on her Facebook page, 4 Paws University. MLD is a funny … Continue reading

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Kindness: A Plea to My Fellow Trainers

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA When I was in high school we were assigned a book that has stuck with me all these years after. It was titled Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am? (John Powell 1975). … Continue reading

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What is Behavior Change?

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA We hear a lot and I talk a lot about behavior change in dog training. What, though, does that term mean? Specifically, what does it mean in real life — in your life with your dog? Most of my … Continue reading

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Fixing Real Life Behavior Problems

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA The key to changing unwanted behavior is pretty straight forward. We teach other behavior to replace the stuff we don’t want to see anymore (e.g. we teach standing on all four paws when we want to see … Continue reading

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What Gets in the Way of Training

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA I’ve been thinking a lot about why people don’t train their dogs. It’s one of those Holy Grail questions for professional dog trainers and behavior consultants. Why won’t my clients do what I tell them to do? … Continue reading

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Make it Stop

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA More than anything, we humans just want out dogs’ unwanted behavior (i.e. “bad” behavior) to stop. Barking. Make it stop. Biting. Make it stop. Jumping, running, digging, you name it. We want it to stop. So, … Continue reading

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When to Start Training Your New Puppy

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA I get this question a lot. “When should I start training my new puppy?” My answer is the same every time. “Now. Right now.” It is never too early to start teaching a puppy how to … Continue reading

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How to Treat Your Dog

Michael Baugh CDBC CPDT-KSA Many of us have noticed, when we’re training our dog he seems to be more worried over the treat bag than the task at hand. He can’t take his eyes off the bag, as if staring at … Continue reading

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